Elizabeth "Betsy" Turberville (Lee)

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Elizabeth Turberville (Lee)

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: North Hampton, North Cumberland, Virginia, USA
Death: Died in Wicomico, Northumberland, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Colonel Richard "the Immigrant" Lee and Ann Lee
Wife of Leonard Howson, Sr. and John Turberville
Mother of William Howson; John Howson; Hannah Kenner; Leonard Howson, Jr; Elizabeth Anne Ball and 2 others
Sister of Henry Lee; Capt John Constable Lee; Col. Richard Henry "the Scholar" Lee II, Esq.; Francis Lee; Ann Constable (Lee) Youell and 3 others
Half sister of Colonel Richard H. Lee, II

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About Elizabeth "Betsy" Turberville (Lee)

Elizabeth (Betsy) LEE (Twin), daughter of Colonel Richard LEE Sr. and Anne CONSTABLE, was born in 1653 in Paradise Plantataion, Gloucester County, Virginia and died about 1709 in Wicomico Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia about age 56.

General Notes: Through the lawsuit of Edmund Lister (Anne Lees' second husband), the Stratford Estate in Essex England was sold and the profits divided among daughters Elizabeth (Betsey) and Ann.

An indenture file in Essex County England (Records Office) has a photo copy in the Archives of the Virginia Historical Society. This indenture, made in England, transfers property from Richard Lee of the county of Northumberland, Virginia, son of Richard Lee late of London, Esq, deceased, to Leonard Howson and Elizabeth Lee, Thomas Youell and Ann Lee, both daughters of Richard Lee of Virginia, and Francis Lee of England. Their signatures (Rich'd Lee, Leo' Howson, Elizabeth Howson, Tho Youelle and Ann Youelle, Francis Lee) are still legible according to Floyd Wickenkamp. Leonard Howson and Elizabeth, Tho's Youell & Ann identified as from Northumberland in Virginia. Dated 16 Sep 1678.

Elizabeth married Leonard HOWSON Sr. about 1670 in Dividing Creeks, Northumberland County, Virginia. Leonard was born about 1641 in York, England and died on Apr 17, 1689 in Wicomico Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia about age 48.

Elizabeth next married John TURBERVILLE. John was born about 1650 and died about 1728 about age 78.

Edward Arlene D added this on 11 Jun 2009 MargaretFernMastororiginally submitted this to Vogel/Dunigan Family Tree on 25 Apr 2008

Elizabeth (Betsy; 1654–1714), who married first Leonard Howson (b. 1648) of Northumberland County and after his death John Turberville (1650–1728) of Lancaster County. Betsy Lee and Leonard Howson married in 1670 and had at least five children, including: Elizabeth; William (1672–1702); Leonard, Jr. (b. 1673); Hannah (1677–1713), who married Francis Kenner in 1706; and John (1679–1714). One of Hannah Kenner’s sons married the daughter of George Eskridge, who was Mary Ball’s guardian and whom George Washington was named after. Betsy Lee and her second husband had one child, George Turberville (1694–1742), who lived at Hickory Hill in Westmoreland County.

BIRTH OF Elizabeth Lee 1653 - 1700 , Virginia

Five IGI's (Family Search.org Records) state that Elizabeth Lee was born at Paradise Plantation in Gloucester County, Virginia. Her father, Colonel Richard Lee, had patented land at Tindal's Point across the York River from Yorktown. Then, on the north side of the York River, he patented a thousand acres of land at the head of Poropotank Creek about twenty miles north of the York River on August 10, 1642. This was then York County, but Gloucester County was formed out of this area in 1651 (various histories). Richard Lee acquired 500 acres on May 24, 1651 on land adjacent to "War Captain's Neck." That same year he acquired an additional 500 acres on Poropotank Creek. He sold some land, but kept 850 acres to which he gave the name "Paradise" when he resettled there in 1653 (Lee, Edmund 50-60; The Lees of Virginia--Digital Archives).

His land grants were given in payment for the large number of immigrants he imported from England. Colonel Richard Lee, while Secretary of State for Virginia, received eight hundred acres of Land in Northumberland County on May, 1651. This was on the south side of the Dividing Creek stream. This grant was for the transportation of sixteen immigrants (Lee, Edmunds 55-56).

About 1656 (Wikipedia article), Colonel Richard Lee moved his family to Virginia's Northern Neck on the Chickacoan peninsula between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers. Northumberland County was formed in 1645 from this Chickacoan peninsula. Today, it contains four counties. The family settled on a tract of land purchased from the Wicomico Indians. This was called the Dividing Creek planation, near the present day town of Kilmarnock. This was known in later generations as Cobb's Hall, just south of Wicomico Church but north and east of the Lancaster County line on the "Chickacoan" peninsula. Cobb's Hall is in present day Northumberland County. St. Stephen's Church is at Heathsville, the government center for Northumberland County. Colonel Richard Lee, this American Lee patriarch, aquired 13,000 acres in Northumberland County before his 1664 death at the Dividing Creek Planatation.

Without checking the IGI information, sources agree that Elizabeth Lee was born on the Paradise Plantation area in Gloucester County.


Lee, Edmund Jennings, M.D. The Descendants of Colonel Richard Lee. Clearfield Company, Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore Maryland, 1999. Ancestry.com book on-line.

"The Lees of America: An American Legacy." Lee Family Digital Archive. Washington and Lee University, 8/1/2010. Http:// leearchive.wlu.edu/?pae+legacy/index.html.

Richard Lee I - Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Lee_I

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Elizabeth "Betsy" Turberville (Lee)'s Timeline

North Hampton, North Cumberland, Virginia, USA
Age 18
Wicomico, Northumberland, Virginia, United States
Age 19
Northumberland, Virginia
December 27, 1677
Age 23
Wicomico Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia Colony
Age 23
Wicomico, Northumberland, Virginia, United States
June 15, 1679
Age 25
Northumberland, VA, USA
Age 68
Virginia, United States
Age 84
Wicomico, Northumberland, Virginia, United States